Gran slams car park that be­came eye­sore

Now coun­cil prom­ises to clean up town cen­tre site

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

A woman his hit out at the filthy con­di­tion of a town cen­tre car park.

Ada McDon­ald, of Cam­bus­lang, says the car park in front of the Routes to Work build­ing in Al­li­son Drive is a dis­grace.

“There is a wall in front of it and it has been knocked down at one point and never re­paired,” said Mrs McDon­ald (85).

“Pa­per, bot­tles, cans and all sorts of other rub­bish also blow into it and it is never cleaned up.

“The whole place is just an eye­sore and some­body should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for tidy­ing it up.

Mrs McDon­ald main­tains that the cur­rent heavy down­pours and strong winds have added to the prob­lem.

“A drain has been blocked for months and the car park is con­stantly just a mas­sive pud­dle,” she said.

And the grand­mother of four says that those who dump the rub­bish should also shoul­der some of the blame.

“It’s shame­ful what peo­ple do with rub­bish,” she added.

Mrs McDon­ald sug­gested that plans for im­prov­ing the look of the town should in­clude this area.

“The re­cent award of £30,000 to brighten up the Main Street with flow­ers and hang­ing bas­kets is great,” she said, “but the coun­cil should be fo­cus­ing on this area too.

“It shouldn’t ig­nore what is a sim­ple mat­ter to rec­tify: just send in a ma­chine to sweep up the mess.”

Cam­bus­lang West coun­cil­lor Clare McColl agreed there was an un­sightly mess in the car park at the C-tec premises.

“There is a lot of rub­bish,” she said, “but I have al­ready spo­ken with land ser­vices and it says it will have a look and clean up the place.”

Coun­cil­lor McColl said it is hard to see the crum­bled wall from the road.

“If I had known it was like that I would have re­ported it my­self,” said the SNP mem­ber. “First im­pres­sions about a place are im­por­tant so we need to get this ti­died up as soon as pos­si­ble.”

And she added that any mem­ber of the pub­lic who has any is­sue they wish to raise should speak to their lo­cal coun­cil­lor in a bid to re­solve it.

“We are all avail­able and can be con­tacted by phone, email, text or at counci­il­lors’ surg­eries.

“If we don’t know things are wrong then we can’t help get them sorted out,” she said.

Danny Lowe, head of property ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “The wall, which forms part of the ser­vice area for the coun­cil build­ing, was dam­aged as a re­sult of ve­hi­cle im­pact. The coun­cil has been con­clud­ing the in­sur­ance ar­range­ments for this and it is an­tic­i­pated that the wall will be re­built in early Jan­uary.

“A check of the drainage and the gen­eral con­di­tion of the car park is be­ing ar­ranged.”

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